Love-Wallpaper-Insects-Love-Plant-Creative-1200x1920Dear Colleagues

We are excited to invite you to the 22nd International Plant Resistance to Insects Symposium to be held from 5 – 8 March 2016 at the Protea Hotel, Stellenbosch at Technopark.

The International Plant Resistance to Insects working group is an affiliation of researchers and practitioners that are advancing the development and use of plants with resistance to insects and other arthropods.

Insect pests are among the most limiting constraints to crop production, inflicting losses of billions of dollars worldwide. Pesticides are routinely used to reduce the damaging impacts of pests, but if not used judiciously, they are not sustainable as they pose risks to human, animals and to the wild life in general. Host plant resistance (HPR) has been the most economical and environmentally friendly means of controlling pests.  In view of the importance of the use of genetic resistance for the control of insect pests,  the International Plant Resistance to Insects Working Group are organizing the 22nd Biennial International Plant Resistance to Insects Workshop, which will be held in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South African (5-8 March 2016). Since plant resistance is a major focal point, this meeting will be held back-to-back with the Southern African Plant Breeders Association (SAPBA) meeting and will provide IPRI participants with the opportunity to interact with breeders from the region.

This workshop is planned to review the progress and recent advances in the area of host plant resistance to insect pests, and to develop international collegiality among HPR researchers. The topics for discussion will during the workshop are (but not limited to):

  • Screening methodologies for resistance to insect pests and sources of resistance
  • Breeding for resistance to insect pests through conventional and molecular strategies
  • Mechanisms of resistance
  • Deployment strategies of resistance genes
  • Use of wild relatives to broaden the genetic base of resistance to insect pests
  • Functional Genomics of Plant-Insect interaction
  • Translational genomics: applying large datasets to plant breeding problems